What is Broadband?
The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access.
How is broadband different from dial-up service?
- Broadband service provides higher-speed of data transmission. It allows more content to be carried through the transmission “pipeline.”
- Broadband provides access to the highest quality Internet services—streaming media, VoIP (Internet phone), gaming, and interactive services. Many of these current and newly-developing services require the transfer of large amounts of data that may not be technically feasible with dial-up service. Therefore, broadband service may be increasingly necessary to access the full range of services and opportunities that the Internet can offer.
- Broadband is always on. It does not block phone lines and there is no need to reconnect to network after logging off.
- Less delay in transmission of content when using broadband.
Overview Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009 (Recovery Act)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. The FCC is currently working in coordination with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to perform the FCC’s role under the Recovery Act. Specifically, in conjunction with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program established by the Act, the FCC has been tasked with creating a National Broadband Plan by February 17, 2010. The Recovery Act states that the National Broadband Plan shall seek to ensure all people of the United States have access to broadband capability and shall establish benchmarks for meeting that goal.